Gilbert Collins is quite an interesting contestant. He’s lived in many countries, speaks five languages including English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French and German AND he’s been to over 50 countries! Anyway, this deeply-cultured champion took home $84,201 from his 5 game streak in the beginning of 2018. Apparently, he didn’t make it onto the Teen Tournament years before. Well, he’s clearly redeemed his name!
In total, Bob Verini won $276,802 from his competing on the show! In interviews after his appearance, he revealed that most of his winnings were used to back theatrical productions. Actually, this playwright/actor joked that The Producers came out after his win, this is why he wasn’t able to heed their advice, never put your own money into a theatrical production. Oops! Also, like some other champions, he was turned down for the show first but then made it in 1986.